SCI Foundation Takes On Mountain Goat Conservation in Russia

East Caucasian tur are glassed and counted, with each observation recorded from a vantage point on top of a rocky ridge. The mountain-dwelling caprine are not being hunted, but rather studied for scientific research that will inform the management and conservation of these rugged wild goats. A collaborative research team, representing the Russian Academy of …

Invasive Feral Hogs Threaten Habitat, Wildlife, Agriculture, Health

Whether hunted by Jeep or helicopter, with AR-15s or spears, feral hogs are no new game to American sportsmen. However, after decades of spread throughout the U.S. this invasive species continues to menace private landowners and public agencies. Research in the state of Michigan is quantifying just how destructive feral hogs can be to habitat, …

Anti-poaching in Namibia: Helping Communities Protect Their Wildlife

Few countries are as committed to conservation and hunting as Namibia. Which is why SCI Foundation is proud to partner with Namibia on an exciting new anti-poaching project to help secure its rhinos, elephants, lions and other high-value species. Sub-Saharan Africa remains at the forefront of the current global poaching epidemic, and Namibia unfortunately has …

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Comes Together Around White-Tailed Deer

The Michigan Predator-Prey Project has been SCI Foundation’s flagship North American conservation project for the last ten years. The Michigan DNR and Mississippi State University Carnivore Ecology Laboratory research team set out to discover why the Upper Peninsula’s white-tailed deer population did not recover after a large decline following 2 consecutive severe winters.  This work …

War on Poaching Not Won by Boots on the Ground Alone

Over the last decade we’ve witnessed a discouraging surge in poaching, but we’ve also seen a recent wave of investment in rhino conservation efforts. Despite the increase in funding for anti-poaching, a new study by the Zoological Society of London and South Africa’s Ezemvolo KZN Wildlife suggests that foot patrols, the boots on the ground …

Black Bear Management in the Modern World

As I drive through the woods of Pennsylvania, I pass Civil War battlefields and old colonial era towns on my way from Washington, DC into black bear country. Bears are increasingly active across these Appalachian hills, as spring brings warmer weather, fresh green up, and newborn fawns. I’m headed to a small mountain town called …

Mountain Monarchs of Pakistan Make Recovery through Community-Based Conservation

SCI Foundation partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society on the Pakistan Markhor Project in 2016. The following is a progress update showing significant results from the last year. The markhor (Capra falconeri) is one of the largest and most spectacular members of the Caprinae or wild goat family. Markhor have huge, curling horns and despite …

Kodiak Brown Bears Thrive on Sitkalidak Island

Native Americans and brown bears have coexisted in the Kodiak archipelago for thousands of years. Here in the western Gulf of Alaska, a rich coastal ecosystem and genetic isolation has led to the evolution of the legendarily large Kodiak brown bear subspecies. Hunting these famous bears is not only a spiritual experience, but provides Native …

In Search of Nanuq: The Inuit Culture of Polar Bear Hunting

Everything around you is a sea of white. The sun reflecting off a landscape of snow and ice would blind you if it weren’t for the protection of your goggles. Distance is hard to judge in this barren landscape, but nearby—much too close for comfort—stands a polar bear. It eyes you suspiciously, perhaps even hungrily, …

Lion Hunting is Lion Conservation

Hunting of African lions contributes to lion conservation, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WILDCRU) of Oxford University conclude in a new report to the government of the United Kingdom. The report highlights the important role that hunting plays in protecting lion habitat. Conversion of wild lands to agriculture and human settlement has contributed …